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Planning for the new flexible world of work: Insights from across the Commonwealth

Date
27 Sep 2022
Time
Morning session: 07:00 to 09:00 UTC, afternoon session: 13:00 to 15:00 UTC
Location
Online

Online event series from the ACU HR in HE community: HR in HE shaping the future world of work

Emerging from the Covid-19 crisis, how are HR practitioners in higher education re-imagining the world of work?

Join us as we run a series of events in 2022 to explore the theme of HR in HE shaping the future world of work.

We will hear from HR practitioners and expert speakers from across the Commonwealth about what they are doing differently.

These workshops aim to bring together our members to network, share ideas and compare experiences.

Each workshop will feature a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session. Participants will then go into break-out groups for discussion.​


Event #2: Planning for the new flexible world of work: Insights from across the Commonwealth

These sessions will share practical examples of how HR practitioners from across the Commonwealth have adapted to the changing world of work in order to ensure a positive and safe environment at their institutions.

Chair:

Tarrance Ryder-Downes, Director of HR, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Baré, Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Shailendra Singh Gungah, Director of Human Resources, University of Mauritius
  • Indeeren Vencatachellum, Senior Lecturer, University of Mauritius

To accommodate different time zones, two sessions will be held:

  • AM session: 7:00-9:00 UTC – featuring Elizabeth Baré, Shailendra Singh Gungah, Indeeren Vencatachellum
  • PM session: 13:00-15:00 UTC – featuring Marilyn Thompson, Shailendra Singh Gungah, Indeeren Vencatachellum

Registration for this event closes on Tuesday 20 September 2022, 12:00 UTC. Please only register for one of the sessions.

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About the HR in HE Community

 This series of events is bought to you by the ACU HR in HE Community, a forum for all staff working in HR, from the most experienced professionals to those looking to increase, expand or develop their institution’s HR function.

The community provides a space for colleagues from across the Commonwealth to share their knowledge, experience and good practice, showcase ideas, and discover potential avenues for collaboration. Members can also keep up to date with the latest trends and opportunities and promote the work of their team and university.

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More information

If you have any questions about the events, please contact events@acu.ac.uk 

Marilyn Thompson

Dr Marilyn Thompson is currently Associate Provost, Human Resources at the University of Waterloo, Canada. In this role she oversees the administration and long-term planning of all university human resources, organisational and human development, and total compensation activities and programmes.

As the chief human resources officer, her responsibilities include playing a key role in strategic planning, providing both university-wide vision and HR leadership in service to Waterloo’s mission. She acts as the steward of strategies, activities and programmes that impact the people of the university, modelling best practices in leadership, learning and growth, fostering relationships, and getting things done within a complex environment.

Dr Thompson is a member of the Steering Committee for the ACU HR in HE Community.

Her departments develop and optimise programmes that further nurture a healthy, learning-enriched, and high-performance work culture throughout the University. Marilyn has extensive executive and senior leadership experience in healthcare, government, education, and various business sectors.

Shailen Gungah

Shailen Gungah is currently Director of Human Resources at the University of Mauritius (UoM). He has been working at the University for the past 21 years. He started his career as Administrative Assistant and was appointed subsequently to Assistant Registrar. Shailen has been responsible for the development and transformation of HR at the UoM and has been engaged in the implementation of several HR projects (for example: Oracle university integrated information systems for the digitisation of HR processes, HR webpage to enhance HR service delivery, training needs assessment, preparation of the UoM staff handbook, online recruitment systems, etc.).

He has also contributed to the development of several HR policies (for example: equal opportunity, grievance and discipline, anti-corruption policy). Shailen has been involved with the ACU HR in HE Community for several years, helping to promote the activities of the ACU at UoM and has also participated in two ACU HR in HE Community conferences: one in 2016 in Mauritius and the other in 2018 in Waterloo, Canada.

Indeeren Vencatachellum

Indeeren Vencatachellum specialises in human resource development, knowledge management, and eHR. He lectures on remote working in his eHR and knowledge management modules on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

He contributed to several local radio programmes and newspapers on working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, he was a management consultant for Coopers & Lybrand, and KPMG, advising on organisational review, salary restructuring, performance management, productivity, and quality improvement projects. Indeeren regularly delivers management development programmes in both public and private sector organisations, and has published scholarly and business papers. He was the conference chair of the local organising committee for the ACU HR in HE Community international conference in 2016. He is currently the Principal Investigator on an ACU HR in HE Community Challenge Grant funded research project about the implementation of remote/hybrid working at the University of Mauritius.

Headshot of Elizabeth Bare

Elizabeth Baré has headed the human resource function in three different organizations. Her longest appointment was as Vice-Principal (Human Resources) at the University of Melbourne. She has a strong background in industrial relations, academic workforce planning and staffing strategies designed to support research and enhance research output.

Building on that background, since 2010, Liz has worked in higher education in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, the United Kingdom and in the Caribbean. She has specific expertise in academic performance management and academic workload management and has consulted and published in these areas. She is a facilitator and moderator in the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program and has consulted widely on a broad range of management issues in higher education.

Liz is currently a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. She is a partner in HR Global Innovations and a member of the Steering Committee for the ACU HR in HE Community.

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